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4184 Johnston Road
Winston GA 30187
USA
phone: 770-359-9807 (office) and 770-359-980 (cell)
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Ted Simon Environemntal Toxicology Expert PhotoTed W. Simon, PhD, DABT, is an award winning Environmental Toxicologist and Scientist. His expertise is in toxicology, risk assessment, mathematical modeling, statistics, neuroscience, and environmental / ecological health issues.

Dr. Simon has over 10 years of experience as a toxicologist employed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He served as EPA’s senior toxicologist in the waste management division working on risk and soil cleanup.

Teaching Experience - Since 2001, Dr. Simon has served as an Instructor / Adjunct Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Science, College of Public Health, at the University of Georgia.

Public Speaker - Well published, including the author of a textbook on toxicology and environmental risk assessment, Dr. Simon has extensive national and international public speaking experience. Since 1996, he has been delivering seminars and lectures to universities and national institutes on many subjects within his area of expertise. In 2016, he delivered a lectures on “Bayesian Methods for Application of Uncertainty Factors,” to the Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, and “Quantitative Prediction of Phenotypic Change from High Throughput Assay Results,” to the EPA's Workshop on In Vitro to In Vivo Extrapolation, Research Triangle Park, NC.

Litigation Support - Dr. Simon has over 15 years of experience offering expert witness services to counsel representing both plaintiff and defendant. He has been retained over 20 times since 2000 for cases involving environmental risk, drug and alcohol cases, DUI, accidental poisoning, and intellectual property. Dr. Simon has particular expertise in dioxin-like chemicals and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). His services include consulting, reports, deposition, and trial testimony when necessary.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Dioxins
  • PCBs
  • Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Poisoning
  • DUI / DWI
  • Water Contamination
  • Soil Contamination
  • Environmental Risk Assessment
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Carcinogenicity
  • Food Contamination
  • Pesticides
  • Fracking
  • Lead
  • Marijuana
  • Polychlorinated Biphenyls
  • Intellectual Property
  • 9/26/2016 · Environment
    The willingness to view risk as part of daily life has vanished. A risk-averse mindset among environmental regulators engenders confusion between the ethics of intention and the ethics of consequence, leading to the elevation of the precautionary principle with unintended and often unfortunate outcomes. Environmental risk assessment is conservative, but the actual level of conservatism cannot be determined. High-end exposure assumptions and current toxicity criteria from the USEPA, based on linear extrapolation for carcinogens and default uncertainty factors for systemic toxicants, obscure the degree of conservatism in risk assessments. Ideally, one could choose a percentile of the target population to include within environmental standards, but this choice is complicated by the food, pharmaceutical and advertising industries, whose activities, inadvertent or not, often promote maladaptive and unhealthy lifestyle choices.

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    Dr. Richard Troast
    Principal
    115 Winchester Lane
    Locust Grove VA 22508
    USA
    phone: 540-972-5967
    Troast Environmental Consulting (TEC) specializes in Risk and Exposure Assessments. Dr. Richard Troast former senior scientist in the Superfund program at EPA is the Principal for TEC.

    TEC specializes in asbestos fiber risks, characterization of exposure routes of asbestos, lead in paint, arsenic and heavy metals in foods, and other environmental sources posing risks to children and adults. In addition, they advise on regulatory strategies for assessing chemical hazards and presenting information to State and Federal agencies.

    TEC provides consulting and expert witness services equally for Plaintiff and Defense counsel.

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    In many cases, the ultimate risk to residents from environmental lead comes from multiple sources. While lead based paint is a key source, lead migrating from outdoor areas can be as toxic as the indoor paint sources. Dr Troast uses the Integrated Exposure Uptake and Biokinetic Model IEUBK Model) as a predictive tool for assessing residences.

    The plaintiff was concerned that the residues of toxic metals found in coal ash were causing physical damage to the plaintiff's unborn children and to the plaintiff's ability to have normal children. The plaintiff reported prior attempts to conceive a full-term child were unsuccessful.

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    TOXICULL Associates
    John P. Bederka, PhD
    780 Austin Avenue
    Aurora IL 60505
    USA
    phone: 630-820-0746
    fax: 630-820-0755
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    Dr. John P. Bederka, PhD, has over 30 years of experience as a Toxicologist with specialized knowledge of Chemistry, Pharmacology, and Neuropharmacology. Dr. Bederka served as Section Head of Toxicology and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring for the Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine at the University of Illinois Medical Center. His practice covers Occupational Exposure, Residential Exposure, Adverse Health Effects, and Chemical Substances of Abuse.

    Dr. Bederka is frequently called upon to provide Expert Testimony in Forensic Pathology and Toxicology in traffic accidents, medical malpractice, worker's compensation, and other diverse matters. As an independent contractor, Dr. Bederka has been retained for his services over 100 times in 25 states across the nation and Guam. Noted for his case-work on the Exxon Valdez matter, his recent work involves chemicals in Hydrofracking Fluids in Shale Gas extraction.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • General Toxicology
    • Prescription Drugs
    • Alcohol
    • Solvents / Vapors
    • Metals
    • Insecticides
  • Wood Preservatives
  • Contaminants
  • PCBs
  • Chemical Spill Incidents
  • Smoke Inhalation - Carbon Monoxide
  • Asbestos
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    Robin D. Franks, PG, CHMM, RSO
    President
    8048 Northcourt Road
    Houston TX 77040
    USA
    phone: 800-992-8048
    fax: 713-744-5888
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    Robin D. Franks, PG, CHMM, RSO has over 25 years of relevant industry experience as a professional Geoscientist / Geologist and Certified Hazardous Materials Manager. President and TGE Resources, Inc., she offers environmental due diligence, industrial hygiene, environmental compliance auditing, and remediation management of affected real property services.

    Ms. Franks provides litigation support and client representation with regard to environmental matters. She has been actively involved in more than 35 "merger/acquisition" projects encompassing over 750 sites nationwide. As senior Technical Advisor, she has been involved in thousands of real property investigations, many of which have involved remediation/closure projects within Texas and throughout the United States.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Real Estate Assessments - Environmental Due Diligence
    • Environmental Compliance Audits
    • Remediation Management, Corrective Action (Clean-up) Consulting of Contaminated Real Estate
    • Risk-Based Closure
    • Hazardous, Solid Waste Materials Management, Clean-up Consulting of Affected Property
    • Asbestos, Lead-Based Paint, Mold/Fungal, Industrial Hygiene
    • Radiation Safety (NORM)
    • Petroleum Storage Tank (PST) Management, Compliance, Corrective Action
    • Environmental Testing, Clean-up Consulting
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    Dr. Dennis Stainken
    Principal
    4 Carrol Drive
    Hillsborough NJ 08844
    USA
    phone: 908-369-6890
    fax: 908-369-6881
    Dr. Dennis Stainken has over 30 years of Industrial and Government experience managing Pollution Control and Hazardous Waste Projects. His experience includes assignments in engineering, analytical and toxicology sciences for regulatory compliance, product registration, risk assessment, technology development.

    Dr. Stainken is a national expert in Environmental Toxicology & Ecological Research on the transport, fate and effect of pollutants, and in quality assurance in government and industry.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Health Effects
    • Toxicology
    • Chemical Exposure
    • Health Issues/Physiology/Chemistry
    • Water & Waste Water
    • Ecological Services
    • Contamination & Remediation
    • Analytical Chemistry
  • Natural Resource Damage Assessments
  • Property Assessments
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Water Quality
  • Risk Assessment
  • Wetlands
  • Industrial Services
  • Gasoline & Oil Issues
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    Jerald L. Cook, MD, FACOEM
    President
    10425 Tierrasanta Blvd
    Ste 108
    San Diego CA 92124
    USA
    phone: 858-848-9052
    fax: 858-251-3041
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    Jerald Cook Occupational Medicine Expert PhotoJerald L. Cook, MD, FACOEM, is Board certified in Occupational Medicine and Public Health and Preventive Medicine. With additional experience in Environmental Medicine and Toxicology, Dr. Cook has broad background experience, serving such industries as nuclear power, firefighters, healthcare workers, police officers, veterinarians, public service, transportation, military and veterans, warehousing and retail, environmental engineering, business services, and federal government. Dr. Cook is currently the Senior Medical Officer of the Occupational Health Department at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. He has served in various leadership and subject matter expert roles within his specialty. He provides OSHA compliant medical surveillance examinations, FMCSA certification examinations, and manages federal workers’ compensation injuries and illnesses. 

    Litigation Support - Dr. Cook provides expert witness services for cases involving Environmental and Industrial Exposures, Occupational Medicine, and Public Health. He has conducted peer review on hundreds of thousands of medical records. Dr. Cook's services include medical record review, causation analysis, written reports, depositions, and trial testimony as needed. He is also a Registered Nurse, and has testified as an expert on the training and standards of nursing care. He is also an expert in conditioning and physical fitness as they relate to capacity, as an IRONMAN Certified Coach and endurance athlete himself for over 30 years. 

    Areas of Expertise:

    • Workers' Compensation
    • Neuromuscular / Musculoskeletal Injuries
    • Workplace Drug Testing
    • Psychiatry
    • Environmental / Work Stress
    • Service Animals
    • Exercise Science
    • Ionizing Radiation
    • Environmental Exposures
    • Long Term Disability
    • Peer Review
    • DOT / FMCSA
    • Travel Medicine
    • Mold
    • Organic Solvents
    • Metals
    • Heat Injuries
    • Impairment Ratings
    • Fitness for Duty Determinations
    • Short Term Disability/FMLA

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    10/3/2018 · Toxicology
    Pharmacogenomics is a field that studies genetic differences in sensitivity to therapeutically used drugs. We have learned that some medications are not effective in some individuals, or super effective and even likely to result in adverse effects in others due to genetic polymorphisms. Similarly, toxicogenomics investigates sensitivities with toxic chemicals, including carcinogens.

    3/19/2018 · Toxicology
    Cocaine remains a popular drug of abuse, and per HHS (2008) of 6.5 million US Federal workplace drug tests, about 40,000 were positive for cocaine in 2007. Drug testing for cocaine is based on the metabolite benzoylecogonine which is detectable in the user’s urine for 24 hours, possibly even up to 72 hours. Non-metabolized cocaine may only be detectable for 4-6 hours following use, making it a less useful target in a drug testing program.

    2/12/2018 · Forensics
    In 2016 the White House reported that they were going to scrutinize some forensic sciences in the court room. The White House's scrutiny, however, over some forensic disciplines is probably justified. When the level of evidence required is very high, the expectations from the scientific community should also be very high. These are usually cases where consequences of decisions can lead to long imprisonments. Being speculative about what evidence means, or making decisions based on poor science is irresponsible. The public has high expectations from the scientific community, and when experts testify that there is scientific evidence which proves a case, there is trust involved in those statements. If judges allow experts to present themselves as such, and to express their opinions as the truth, errors involved making scientific conclusions may not be well understood by the layperson.

    1/17/2018 · Toxicology
    Presumptive tests, also known as preliminary tests or field tests, allow drugs to be quickly classified into a particular chemical group, but do not unequivocally identify the presence of a specific chemical compound. Preliminary drug test results are often included in a panel of tests, which then be used as a guide to an appropriate confirmatory test to determine and verify the chemical compounds present.

    11/16/2017 · Disability
    Fibromyalgia is considered a functional disorder with unknown etiology and unclear pathophysiology. It's not well understood because there is little objective information to support the physical and psychological impairment that affected individuals report. This often becomes a challenge for individuals that feel disabled by the disorder and try to prove that the disorder prevents productive and meaningful work, so they qualify for disability benefits. Fibromyalgia is characterized by complaints of widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue and poor sleep, cognitive and psychiatric symptoms, headaches including migraines, and a variety of other symptoms. With or without psychosomatic symptoms, depression and anxiety are common in fibromyalgia (Ghiggia, et al. 2017) and should always be assessed when evaluating the presence of and effects of fibromyalgia. Individuals with fibromyalgia experience a heightened response to stimuli.

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    Howard M. Kipen, MD, MPH
    1291 Hickory Drive
    Basking Ridge NJ 07920
    USA
    phone: 908-334-8617
    fax: 732-445-3644
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    Howard M. Kipen MD, MPH, is Board certified in Internal Medicine and Occupational Medicine. Dr. Kipen earned a BA from UC Berkeley, MD from UCSF, and MPH from Columbia University. He currently serves as Director of the Clinical Research and Occupational Medicine Division and Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at Rutgers University.

    Dr. Kipen’s research focuses on clinical and epidemiological studies of the health effects of Ambient Air Pollution. His research uses both controlled exposure models with ozone, fresh aerosols, and diesel-enriched on-road exposures, primarily with drives on the New Jersey Turnpike. A new EPA study examines health benefits of portable air cleaners for reducing indoor air pollution levels. Biomarker outcomes presently emphasized are exhaled breath oxidative stress and invasive and noninvasive measures of vascular function. Dr. Kipen has published approximately 200 articles on environmental / occupational health.

    Scholarly Activities:
    • Former Chair, NASA Human Research Program’s Advanced Environmental Health / Advanced Food Technology Standing Review Panel
    • Member, National Academies Standing Committee on Medical and Epidemiological Aspects of Air Pollution on U.S. Government Employees and their Families, 2016
    • Chair / Member Multiple Ad Hoc Grant Review Panels (e.g., NIEHS, Department of Defense)
    • Governor’s Appointee, Public Employee’s Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, New Jersey Department of Labor
    • Member, Public Health Scientific Advisory Board, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
    Litigation Support: Dr. Kipen has 35 years of litigation experience. He has expertise in various Toxic Torts including asbestos, benzene, mold, air pollution, occupational and environmental cancers, and other diseases. He also has expertise on "Multiple Chemical Sensitivities" (MCS). Dr. Kipen has particular experience as an asbestos plaintiff's expert and both plaintiff and defense experience with other toxic torts. His services include medical record review, thorough reporting, depositions, and trial testimony as needed.
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    James M. Miller, PE, PhD
    Founder
    2392 Fuller Court
    Ann Arbor MI 48105
    USA
    phone: 734-662-6822
    fax: 734-747-9712
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    The experts at Miller Engineering are Ann Arbor based professional engineers celebrating 35 years of service to University, Government, Insurance, and Industry through research, publications, presentations, and testimony. Miller Engineering has a staff of engineers and experts in the Mechanical, Chemical, Agriculture, Industrial, and Human Factors fields of engineering with specific knowledge in the following areas:

    Vehicles
    • Car/Truck Accident Reconstruction
    • Crash Data Retrieval (CDR)
    • Visibility & Reaction Time Analysis
    • Tires, Trailers, Brakes & Accelerators
    • Truck/Off Road Vehicle Egress/Ingress
    • Traffic Signing and Construction Zones
    Mechanical & Electrical Safety
    • Product Safety & Analysis
    • Machinery - Metal, Wood, Plastic Molding
    • Machine Guarding & Safety, Robots, Automation
    • Hazard and Risk Analysis
    • Employee Safety Procedures – OSHA
    • Electrical Distribution & Transmission Hazards
    Warnings & Instructions
    • Warning Labels & User Manual Design
    • Hazard Analysis & Product Label Designs
    • Medical Device & Drug Warnings & Instructions
    • Inadequate Warnings Analysis
    • Standard Compliance (ANSI Z535)
    • Product Recall Information & Strategies
    Chemicals Safety & Labeling
    • NEW OSHA HAZCOM (2012) & GHS Review
    • MSDS, SDS and Product Label Compliance
    • Toxic Torts - Diacetyl, Asbestos, Benzene, Lead, Carbon Monoxide
    Chemical Exposures & Workplace Safety
    • Chemical Inhalation, Ingestion, Dermal Contact
    • Contamination - Water & Environmental
    • Manufacturing & Process Line Accidents
    • Slips, Trips, Falls, & Entanglements
    Fires & Explosions
    • Cause & Origin Investigations
    • Gas, Vapor, & Electrical
    Agriculture
    • Tractor & Equipment Accidents
    • Chemical Applications & Exposures
    • Crop Storage & Harvesting Accidents
    • Pesticides
    Construction
    • Vehicle Visibility Accidents
    • Slip, Trip, & Fall Accidents
    • Power Tool Repetitive & Immediate Injuries
    • Scaffolding - Cranes - Hoisting - Fork Lifts
    Consumers/Household Safety
    • Appliances & Tools
    • Child Furniture, Choking, Playgrounds
    • Swimming Pools & Exercise Equipment
    • Recreation - ATV, Boats, Bicycles, Boards
    • Ladder, Stair, Step and Railing Accidents
    • Slip, Trip, & Fall Accidents
    Insurance Subrogation & Forensics
    • Accident Investigations
    • Electrical & Fire Causation
    • Chemical Leakage Damage
    • Defective Equipment Injuries
    • Premise and Process Damages
    James Miller Mechanical Engineering Expert PhotoJames M. Miller, PE, PhD – Founder

    Dr. Miller is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Michigan College of Engineering and a registered professional engineer and consultant with over 35 years of experience as an expert witness. He specializes in warnings, labeling and instruction manuals, consumer product design, machine guarding, process safety, fire science, vehicle visibility, tractor egress/ingress, pedestrian and worker slip and fall prevention, recreational vehicles (ATVs, boats, and personal watercraft), compliance with occupational safety and consumer safety standards (OSHA, MSDS, CPSC, ANSI, ASTM, UL, etc.).


    Mark Lehto Engineering Expert PhotoMark R. Lehto, PhD – Co-Founder

    Dr. Lehto is a Professor of Engineering at Purdue University. He specializes in knowledge engineering, warnings and instructions, structuring expert systems, accident modeling, accident statistical analysis, consumer product safety, boating safety, in-field national surveys of product usage and product information effectiveness.






    Bradley Cook Mechanical Engineering Expert PhotoBradley T. Cook, PE – Managing Engineer

    Bradley is a registered professional engineer and consultant with extensive experience in accident reconstruction. He specializes in vehicular accident reconstruction and has investigated hundreds of vehicle accidents involving cars, trucks, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcycles, etc. Bradley also has experience in product safety and hazard analysis; occupational safety and health (OSHA) compliance; pedestrian and worker slip and fall prevention; investigation and reconstruction of industrial and consumer product accidents. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Science in Engineering with a Biomedical concentration from Purdue University.
    Mark R. Lehto & Steven J. Landry
    Introduction to Human Factors and Ergonomics for Engineers, Second Edition presents and integrates important methods and tools used in the fields of Industrial Engineering, Human Factors and Ergonomics to design and improve jobs, tasks and products. It presents these topics with a practical, applied orientation suitable for engineering undergraduate students.
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    Emphasizing customer oriented design and operation, Introduction to Human Factors and Ergonomics for Engineers explores the behavioral, physical, and mathematical foundations of the discipline and how to apply them to improve the human, societal, and economic well being of systems and organizations.
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    Dr. Leslie Hutchinson, MD, MPH, FACOEM, CHCQM
    President
    214 Wynfield Way
    Auburn GA 30011-3415
    USA
    phone: 770-963-1223
    fax: 770-995-5379
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    Leslie Hutchinson Occupational Medicine Expert PhotoDr. Leslie Hutchinson, MD, MPH, FACOEM, CHCQM, is a board-certified specialist in Occupational and Preventive Medicine, frequent speaker, Epidemiologist and Toxicologist with over 32 years of experience. His occupational and Environmental Medicine core skills, and clinical medicine, toxicology, and epidemiology experience enable him to assess causation more effectively than specialists who treat specific diseases. He is licensed in California and Georgia.

    Dr. Hutchinson obtained his MPH in epidemiology at The Johns Hopkins University and his MD from the University of Cincinnati. He completed an internship in internal medicine at the Wright State University. Dr. Hutchinson is a fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and a residency in Clinical Environmental and Occupational Medicine at Emory University. He has 11 publications in the medical literature and has served for many years as an Associate Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at Emory University in Atlanta. He is a qualified expert in:
    • Medical Causation
    • Occupational & Preventive Medicine
    • Toxicology
    • Ionizing / Non-ionizing Radiation
    • Disease Clusters
  • Mold and Mold Toxins
  • Epidemiology and Public Health
  • Chemical and Biological Weapons
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Sick Building Syndrome
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    Dr. Hutchinson has consulted extensively throughout the U.S. on medical causation and medical effects of chemical, ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, biological agents, mold and mold toxins, explosive materials, and acute injury and cumulative trauma hazards. He has evaluated and resolved many situations with indoor air quality problems, sick building syndrome, and disease clusters. Dr. Hutchinson has a long record of successful use of risk communication methods to reduce and eliminate public outrage arising from ideas about medical effects inconsistent with mainstream medical evaluations, and exaggerations and misunderstanding of medical risks arising from misleading or erroneous information.

    Please visit HLM Medical Consultants' website at www.hlmconsultants.com to view other areas of unique medical expertise.
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    Howard B. Spielman, CIH, CSP, SMS, REHS, CAC
    President
    10771 Noel St.
    Los Alamitos CA 90720
    USA
    phone: 714-220-3922
    fax: 714-220-2081
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    Howard Spielman achieved his B.S. in Public Health from UCLA in 1956 and his M.A. in Health and Safety Science from CSULA in 1967. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist, Certified Safety Professional, Registered Environmental Health Specialist, Certified Asbestos Consultant and Certified Lead Inspector/Assessor and Project Monitor.

    Mr. Spielman worked as an Industrial Hygienist for the City of Los Angeles for 4 years and for Northrop Corporation for 5 years. He was the Corporate Manager of Environmental Health and Safety for Hughes Aircraft Company for 7 years and for the past 45 years he has been the president of Health Science Associates, a full service consulting, technical services and training firm specializing in occupational and environmental health and safety solutions and litigation support

    Health Science Associates (HSA) is a full service consulting, technical and training firm specializing in Occupational Health & Safety and Environmental Solutions. HSA was founded in 1970 by industrial hygiene pioneer Howard Spielman, CIH, CSP, SMS, REHS, CAC and has a long-standing reputation for setting and raising the standards for a wide range of services. Expert Witness and Litigation Support - For over 40 years, Health Science Associates (HSA) has been providing objective consulting to the legal profession in Occupational Health & Safety and Environmental matters. HSA helps clients succeed by providing a clear, succinct, and accurate assessment of cases based upon factual, comprehensive, and reliable data that has consistently supported sound professional judgments. Well known, trusted and sought after by respected law firms as testifying expert witnesses, HSA specializes in providing scientific, sound, and proven expertise upon which to either defend or prosecute cases in the following areas:

    • OSHA Compliance and Worker Training
    • Asbestos, Mold / Fungal Contamination
    • Toxic Substance Contamination
    • Lead-based Paint
    • Toxic Tort
    • Workers’ Compensation
    • Work-related Personal Injury or Illness
    • Opposing Expert Work Assessment

    Howard Spielman Industrial Hygiene Expert PhotoHoward B. Spielman, President, CIH, CSP, SMS, REHS, CAC, is considered a pioneer in the Industrial Hygiene industry with more than 40 years of experience performing IAQ, Health, and Safety Reviews. He was a member of the Cal/OSHA Advisory Committee that drafted California's first standard for the control of occupational exposure. He also provided input for legislative hearings that led to California's prohibition of asbestos in sprayed-on construction materials. Mr. Spielman has taught the "Managing and Controlling Asbestos Contamination/Exposure" course and significant portions of the AHERA Building Inspector and Management Planner courses offered by the University of Southern California's Institute of Safety and Systems Management. He also teaches HSA's in-house course which is equivalent to the AHERA supervisor course and OSHA competent person training. Mr. Spielman serves as a consultant for a variety of clients and has prepared numerous specifications for removal, renovation work, and maintenance activities. He also provides consultation to the legal profession and has been an expert witness in a variety of cases. Email Howard Spielman

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    Joel I. Berman, Vice President, CIH, CSP, CAC, CIAQM, is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), and a California Certified Asbestos Consultant (CAC). Mr. Berman has also added the Certified Indoor Air Quality Manager (CIAQM) designation to his list of certifications. His duties include project oversight of HSA's professional and technician staff, project set-up, field investigations, report writing and review, etc. He has a BS in Business Administration with an option in Marketing from Long Beach State. Mr. Berman has been employed with HSA since 1985. He has performed various duties with HSA: technician; project manager; Industrial Hygienist; Director of Health and Safety Services; and Vice President. He has provided consulting to HSA's clientele on various health and safety issues including, but not limited to: asbestos; radon; mercury; indoor air quality; safety evaluation; program management; and in the Southern California area is a well known and respected expert witness in various areas of practice, including fungal contamination issues. Email Joel Berman


    Kathy Jones Industrial Hygiene Management Expert PhotoKathy S. Jones — Vice President, CIH, CAC, LPM/IA, CIAQM, is responsible for technical management and quality control. She supervises the work of professional staff assigned to implement Industrial Hygiene sampling strategies designed by either herself or others. As a management consultant, Ms. Jones will also review client Industrial Hygiene and Safety programs to ensure that they are complete and that they meet or exceed the requirements set by Cal/OSHA; review and prepare client safety data sheets (SDSs); and provide professional training. Previously, Ms. Jones developed and directed HSA's fully accredited industrial hygiene laboratory for 13 years. Under her direction, the laboratory went from a single person laboratory to a staff of 30 full-time chemists operating seven days per week/18 hours per day. Certifications and accreditations, including full AIHA Laboratory Accreditation, State of California Drinking Water and Hazardous Waste Certification and National Institutes for Standards and Technology Accreditation in Bulk and Airborne Asbestos Analysis, were obtained under her direction. 

    Currently, Ms. Jones is also a Site Assessor for the American Industrial Hygiene Association. Email Kathy Jones


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    Dr. Aaron Hilliard, PhD
    Principal
    10151 Deerwood Park Blvd.Building 200, Suite 250
    Jacksonville FL 32256
    USA
    phone: 904-923-3789
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    Dr. Aaron Hilliard, PhD specializes in the areas of Environmental, Medical, Pharmaceutical, and Toxicological Sciences. Dr. Hilliard is an experienced forensic toxicologist with degrees in pharmacology, toxicology, and environmental health.

    Dr. Hilliard's services include conducting medical research and medical file review for personal injury that results from biological, chemical, environmental or pharmaceutical agents. He is also available to perform on-site inspections, sampling of nursing home, adult living facilities, medical and laboratory environments.

    Serving the legal community for over 15 years, Dr. Hilliard has worked with local, state and federal regulatory agencies and other entities on a national and international basis. His expertise spans the scope of environmental and infectious diseases involving food and water. This can include respiratory infections from environmental sources to hospital acquired infections such as Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus. Dr. Hilliard is available to attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense. His areas of expertise include:

    Medical Matters Involving:
    • Pharmaceuticals
    • Alcohol
    • Adverse Drug Reaction
    • Medication Errors
    • Recreational Drugs
    Environmental Expertise Includes:
    • Public Health and Safety
    • Epidemiology
    • Sanitation
    • Toxic Chemical Exposure
    • Hazardous Waste Disposal
  • Groundwater Contamination
  • Environmental Justice
  • Superfund Site Risk Communication
  • Lead Exposure
  • Mold Exposure
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    Joel R. Coats, PhD
    524 River Oak Dr.
    Ames IA 50010
    USA
    phone: 515-294-4776; cell: 515-290-1653
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    Joel Coats Entomology Toxicology Expert PhotoJoel Coats, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Entomology and Toxicology in the Department of Entomology at Iowa State University. Specializing in Insecticide Toxicology and Environmental Toxicology, he has been on the faculty at Iowa State University since 1978 and served as Department Chairman for seven years.

    Dr. Coats’ research program includes two main areas: (1) insect toxicology and (2) environmental toxicology and environmental chemistry of Agrochemicals. His research in the insect toxicology area is focused primarily on natural products as insecticides and insect repellents, including investigations of their spectrum of activity, mechanisms of action, metabolism, synthesis of biorational derivatives and analogs, quantitative structure-activity relationships.

    Dr. Coats is familiar with all types of pesticides and insect repellents, including synthetic and botanical insecticides, acaricides, fumigants, and repellents; toxicity, mechanisms of action, environmental and comparative toxicology, ecological risk assessment, persistence of pesticides, movement in the environment, and residue analysis.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Coats provides expert witness services to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defense. He has been deposed and testified on numerous occasions. Dr. Coats offers opinions regarding pesticide cases of many types, including:
    • Non-target / Off-target Effects
    • Residues
    • Toxic Tort
  • Environmental Contamination
  • Efficacy of Products
  • Patent Infringement
  • Dr. Coats has received the International Award for Research in Agrochemicals from the American Chemical Society Agrochemical Division, and he is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America. In October he received the Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Illinois College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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    Joel R. Coats, et al. (editors)
    Resistance to conventional pesticides has been growing rapidly among all pests. Furthermore, there is increased public concern about the safety of conventional pesticides, and increased governmental restrictions have resulted in the need to identify new compounds that are safe and effective in controlling pests that are of concern to agriculture as well as to public and animal health. Biopesticides may aid in the control of such pests with fewer deleterious effects to the environment, people and animals.
    Joel R. Coats, et al. (editors)
    This volume and the contributed chapters therein are a result of the Natural Products for Pest Management symposium held at the 244th ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia, PA August 19-23, 2012 to honor the late Horace (Hank) Cutler and his contributions in the field of natural products chemistry. The symposium introduced recent discoveries and applications of natural products from insect, terrestrial plant, microbial, and synthetic sources for the management of insects, weeds, plant pathogenic microbes, and nematodes.
    Joel R. Coats, et al. (editors)
    The third of three volumes based on the 2nd Pan-Pacific Conference on Pesticide Chemistry, this book examines metabolism and residue analysis methods of environmental pesticides.
    Joel R. Coats, et al. (editors)
    The first compilation of research on microbial degradation of contaminants in the rhizosphere. Discusses the interactions between microorganisms, plants, and chemicals in the rhizosphere. Examines the degradation of industrial chemicals, including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, pentachlorophenol, and trichloroethylene, as well as the degradation of pesticides in the rhizosphere.
    Joel R. Coats, et al. (editors)
    This new volume offers comprehensive information on microbial adaptation for pesticide degradation. Among the many topics covered in its 20 chapters are a general description of enhanced biodegradation as it occurs in an agricultural context; the microbial aspects of enhanced biodegradation, including the genetics, biochemistry, and ecology of pesticide-degrading microorganisms; and the potential impact of enhanced degradation on pesticide fate in aquatic systems and groundwater.
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    Thomas Dydek, PhD, DABT, PE
    Principal Toxicologist
    5208 Avenue H
    Austin TX 78751
    USA
    phone: 512-280-5477 / Cell: 512-663-7836
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    Thomas Dydek, PhD, DABT, PE, specializes in the evaluation of the potential for chemical exposures to affect human health and welfare. He is a Board-Certified Toxicologist (Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology, D.A.B.T.) with a Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology. He also did a post-doctoral fellowship in Toxicology and is a Licensed Professional Engineer, specializing in the area of environmental engineering.

    Dr. Dydek is a toxicology expert in evaluating the potential human health effects associated with exposure to toxic chemicals such as asbestos, benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, metals, oil and gas fracking chemicals, pesticides, petroleum products, silica, solvents, toxic gases, and many other chemicals in the environment and in occupational settings. He also evaluates exposures to microbial agents such as mold and bacteria.

    Dr. Dydek has training and experience in preparing evaluating the health effects of industrial and environmental chemical exposures and tobacco smoking, conducting state of the art toxicological reviews for alternative fuels registrations and other projects, preparing product safety evaluations, and doing chemical exposure assessments.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Dydek has provided expert witness services in more than 250 toxic tort cases and regulatory agency Public Hearings. He has given 50 depositions, and testified at trial 10 times over the past 20 years. His work in these cases has included the evaluation of the health risks of chemical exposures and exposures to microbial agents. These exposures have occurred in the community, in occupational settings, and in other indoor environments.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Organic Chemicals and Solvents
    • Toxic Gases
    • Pesticides
    • Metals / Inorganic Chemicals
  • Petroleum Products
  • Oil & Gas Fracking Emissions
  • Health Effects of Implanted Medical Devices
  • Product Safety Evaluation
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    Lydia M. Contreras, PhD
    Principal Investigator
    Dept. of Chemical Engineering, UT-Austin
    Austin TX 78757
    USA
    phone: 512-471-2453
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    Lydia M. Contreras, PhD, is a Chemical and Biomolecular Engineer and Principal Investigator at The University of Texas at Austin Department of Chemical Engineering and the Institute for Cell & Molecular Biology (ICMB).

    Dr. Contreras was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow of Infectious Diseases elected by the Division of Developmental Genetics and Bioinformatics at Wadsworth Center-New York State Dept. of Health in Albany, NY. She received training at the world renowned RNA institute in Vienna in Nucleic Acid Biochemistry.

    Dr. Contreras' research focuses on innovating in vivo technologies to understand and design cellular regulation patterns in living systems (e.g. microbes and human cell models) for enhanced production of chemicals, as well as for novel biomarkers of environmental cellular toxicity and biomedical applications. She and her team combine molecular engineering, classic genetics, and biochemical approaches with high-throughput RNA sequencing, proteomics, and computational methods to engineer complex regulatory networks coupled to environmental stress responses. Dr. Contreras holds two patents for her work. Current efforts include:
    • Discovery of novel regulatory RNAs from ethanologenic bacteria to engineer higher cellular tolerance to alcohols and high-value chemicals
    • Discovery of regulatory networks in radio resistant bacteria for novel biosensory technologies
    • Engineering of novel biosensors for assaying the effect of environmental agents in human health
    Litigation Support - Dr. Contreras works at the interface of RNA Biology and Protein Engineering to solve complex problems in medicine and biotechnology. She offers expert witness services to attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Toxicology
    • Environmental Toxicology
    • Cellular Toxicology
    • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biomolecular Engineering
  • Genetic Studies
  • RNAs / Proteins
  • Computational Modeling
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    Dr. Richard Parent, DABT, FATS, RAC, ERT
    President
    PO Box 1239
    Damariscotta ME 04543
    USA
    phone: 207-563-2300
    fax: 207-563-8990
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    Richard Parent Toxicology Expert PhotoSince 1984, Dr. Richard Parent has been providing consultations and testimony for both plaintiff and defense and has testified in local, state and federal courts around the country. He has lectured and continues to lecture on causation related to toxic exposures. He is board Certified in Toxicology by the American Board of Toxicology and the Academy of Toxicological Science and is also Regulatory Affairs Certified and a recognized expert in Toxicology in the European community. Dr. Parent sits on several editorial boards of toxicology journals and has over one hundred peer-reviewed publications and abstracts.

    In addition to litigation support, Dr. Parent has been been heavily involved in Product Safety programs including Toy Safety, and other programs related to consumer products and drugs. Further, he is involved in the REACH program in helping chemical companies to be compliant with pending European legislation and has been helping Toy manufacturers with a pro-active program of Toy Safety.

    Recent litigation activities have included sampling and health evaluation of over one thousand persons living next to a PCB and dioxin contaminated site in Mississippi, occupational evaluation of workers involved in the production of PVC, with specific emphasis on clinical tests to identify possible early stages of liver cancer and health surveys, blood testing and clinical evaluation of those exposed to Dioxins from Creosote sites. These massive projects have involved team efforts involving a physician, a toxiclogist, phlebotomists and nursing assistance.

    Individual Legal Cases Include:
    • Benzene
    • Diesel Fumes
    • Smoking
    • Sulfur Dioxide
    • RADS
    • Trichloroethylene
    • Vinyl Chloride
    • Manganese and Parkinsonism
  • Welding Fumes
  • Lindane
  • Ammonia
  • Formaldehyde
  • PPA
  • Ephedra
  • Hexavalent Chromium and Dioxin exposure at Creosote sites
  • 4/20/2012 · Toxicology
    Benzene is a highly volatile aromatic hydrocarbon solvent which is present in most petroleum distillates such as Stoddard solvent and mineral spirits. Recent advances in the purification process for these solvents has reduced the benzene content significantly, but it is still present in products such as WD-40 and Liquid Wrench as well as many solvents used in the printing industry and elsewhere.

    12/23/2011 · Toxicology
    Lead is ubiquitous in our environment. It used to be contained in gasoline but has now been replaced. It has been used in pipes, ceramic glazes, paints, and solder, among other sources. Exposure can be oral through ingestion of food or water or by inhalation from lead-containing dust or dirt.

    9/20/2011 · Toxicology
    Cocaine users may exhibit behavioral deficits. These include deficits in attention, learning, memory, executive function, and response speed.

    7/13/2011 · Toxicology
    Methadone is an opioid thought to act by decreasing release of neurotransmitters in the brain resulting in respiratory suppression and, in some cases, death.

    2/4/2011 · Toxicology
    CRUDE OIL is a complex mixture of chemicals, some volatile and some water soluble.

    Most creosote mixtures that are used today are byproducts of the petroleum industry or coal gasification processes. They are mixtures of several hundreds of chemicals mostly polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) but contain a host of other chemicals including complex heterocyclic compounds

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